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Medvedev beats Djokovic to win US Open


Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev prevented turning into the sixth males’s participant to lose his first three Grand Slam finals

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev received his first Grand Slam title by shattering Novak Djokovic’s hopes of finishing a calendar sweep of the majors in a one-sided US Open remaining.

Second seed Medvedev, 25, misplaced his two earlier Grand Slam finals however was composed all through a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

World primary Djokovic had already received the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this 12 months.

The 34-year-old Serb was additionally chasing a report twenty first Grand Slam males’s title.

Victory would have moved him away from rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal within the battle to complete with essentially the most males’s majors, but it surely was the potential calendar Grand Slam which Djokovic had mentioned can be the “best achievement” of his profession.

Maybe burdened by the load of historical past, Djokovic regarded subdued all through as he made a excessive variety of uncharacteristic errors and likewise turned tearful in the direction of the tip.

He additionally regarded means in need of his typical bodily capabilities.

To place these components down as the only causes for Medvedev’s success can be utterly improper.

The Russian performed neatly and confidently, drawing the errors out of his opponent with robust serving and ending factors with exact winners, as he avenged a straight-set defeat by Djokovic in February’s Australian Open remaining.

There was a slight wobble as he tried to serve out for the title – three double faults helped Djokovic nick again a break for 5-3 – earlier than Medvedev composed himself to take his third championship level.

After sharing a heat hug with Djokovic on the web, Medvedev broke out in a broad smile earlier than sitting again in his chair to ponder lastly profitable the primary Grand Slam title which he has lengthy threatened.

“I need to thank my group, those that are right here and watching. My dad and mom, my household, my sisters. A few of my mates are right here too,” mentioned Medvedev, who dropped just one set within the event.

“Thanks guys as a result of it isn’t a straightforward journey to win a Slam. I am actually grateful to you for serving to me all through this journey.”

Addressing Medvedev, Djokovic mentioned: “If there may be anybody who deserves a Grand Slam title proper now, it’s you. Effectively completed. There might be many extra titles to come back, I am certain.”

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev is simply the second first-time males’s Grand Slam champion since 2014, following Dominic Thiem’s win in New York final 12 months

Third time fortunate for Medvedev

Two years in the past, Medvedev reduce an emotional determine after the lads’s singles remaining in New York.

It was the Russian’s first Grand Slam remaining and, after an exhilarating fightback from two units down, he ultimately misplaced an epic five-setter to Nadal.

Mesmerised by a video montage on the Ashe tv screens exhibiting all of Nadal’s achievements – then standing at 19 Grand Slam titles – the Russian later mentioned he needed to make use of that as additional inspiration in his personal quest to land the game’s greatest prizes.

Lastly he has achieved that.

In Melbourne on his second try, Medvedev was overwhelmed by the extreme stress from Djokovic and his recreation broke down.

This time, it was an entire position reversal.

Medvedev broke within the first recreation of the match and whereas Djokovic settled down in his service video games in the remainder of the set, the issue was he may make no affect on the Russian’s serve.

Firing them down with tempo and precision meant even the most effective returner within the males’s recreation had no solutions.

Daniil Medvedev celebrates winning the US Open
Afterwards Medvedev revealed his celebration – falling to the gang and sticking his tongue out – was impressed by soccer online game Fifa. “Solely legends will perceive what I did, it was L2 + left,” he mentioned

Medvedev solely allowed Djokovic to win three receiving factors within the opening set, profitable 100% of his first-serve factors as Djokovic made simply 27% of his returns.

Djokovic had misplaced the primary set in his earlier 4 matches – together with wins over German fourth seed Alexander Zverev and Italian sixth seed Matteo Berrettini – and had 5 break alternatives in the beginning of the second set.

However he was unable to transform any of them as Medvedev rallied to carry each instances, leaving Djokovic slapping his thighs in annoyance.

The Russian broke for 3-2 – sufficient to take the second set – after which raced 4-0 forward within the third earlier than clinching victory after his temporary wobble.

‘I’ve by no means felt like this in New York’ – Djokovic overcome by emotion

Whereas dropping the chance to create additional historical past might be laborious for Djokovic to abdomen, there was some consolation within the rousing reception he acquired from a New York crowd with whom he has not all the time had the warmest of relationships.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium has been considerably of a hostile venue for Djokovic through the years, notably within the 2015 remaining towards Federer when followers had been cheering misses from the Serb.

Novak Djokovic applauds the New York crowd
Afterwards Djokovic mentioned it was a reduction when the match was over due to all of the psychological and emotional burden chasing the calendar Grand Slam had positioned on him

From the beginning of the ultimate towards Medvedev, proper by way of to the second he walked off courtroom, there was large backing for the Serbian 20-time Grand Slam champion.

After a cushty maintain for 5-4 within the third set, the gang roared additional help for Djokovic and it led to him turning into emotional in his chair.

Initially he laughed after which thumped his coronary heart because the noise turned louder. That led to an overwhelmed Djokovic crying behind his towel on his chair and nonetheless tearful as he stood behind the baseline in the beginning of the subsequent recreation.

Afterwards, he informed the gang whereas additionally welling up: “Although I have not received the match I’m the happiest man alive since you guys made me very particular on the courtroom.

“You guys touched my soul. I’ve by no means felt like this in New York. Thanks in your help. I really like you.”

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